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Antelope Valley Transit Authority Recognized for Environmental Efforts

October 3, 2014 in BYD, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Solar

AVTA Electric Bus  Photo courtesy of BYD

AVTA Electric Bus
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Lancaster – For the second time in ten years, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has been awarded the William J. “Pete” Knight AIRE Award for its efforts to reduce emissions in the Antelope Valley.

The award was presented to AVTA Board Chair Norm Hickling during a recent board meeting of the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD). “We are very pleased to be chosen as the recipient of this award, and to be recognized for not only providing safe and good-quality transit service in the Antelope Valley, but also for striving to be a supporter of the environment,” said Hickling. “We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously, and are proud to be a proponent of green technology in our community.”

The AIRE award recognizes the steps AVTA has taken this past year to reduce its carbon footprint and become a leader in promoting clean energy sources. In the forefront of these efforts is the purchase of two zero-emission electric buses from Lancaster manufacturer BYD. The electric buses are currently being evaluated to determine the possibility of converting more of AVTA’s diesel fleet to electric, and initial tests have yielded extremely promising results. AVTA also operates 15 diesel-electric hybrids, and is pleased to report not only improved fuel efficiency, but a 35% overall reduction in emissions since September of 2012.

Additional efforts by the AVTA to “go green” include the installation of solar panel carports at its Lancaster facility. The sustainable Photovoltaic Solar Carport system, completed in 2013, is now generating 100% of the facility’s electric needs, as well as providing shade to AVTA’s buses. Solar light tubes installed throughout the facility provide natural light and further reduce the company’s reliance on electricity.

“We are extremely honored to receive the William J. “Pete” Knight AIRE Award for our efforts to make AVTA an environmentally friendly organization that stands out from the rest,” said AVTA Executive Director Julie Austin.

As the state of California continues to experience the worst drought in recorded history, AVTA has implemented water conservation strategies with the goal of reducing water consumption by 75%. These strategies include washing buses weekly instead of daily, and converting much of the facility’s landscaping to xeriscape. As a result of these measures, AVTA’s water usage has gone from 3.8 million gallons to just 900,000 annually, surpassing its goal.

During the award presentation, State Senator Steve Knight, R-Antelope Valley, applauded the transit agency’s efforts. “AVTA is at the forefront in promoting clean, efficient energy,” stated the senator. “The agency’s commitment to electric bus technology and its overall culture of environmental responsibility serves as a model for other agencies throughout the state of California.”

AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to a population of more than 450,000 residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles and it is bounded by the Kern County line to the north, the San Bernardino County line to the east, the Angeles National Forest to the south, and Interstate 5 to the West.

This article (10-1-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: AVTA.

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Panasonic announces the establishment of Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America, a new manufacturing company of lithium-ion batteries at the Tesla Gigafactory

October 3, 2014 in Battery Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Tesla

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has established a new manufacturing company of lithium-ion batteries, Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America in Sparks, Nevada, the United States on October 1, 2014.

Tesla and Panasonic have been working together in various collaborative projects toward the popularization and growth of electric vehicles since 2007.

A new company, Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America will be built in the Tesla Gigafactory, a large-scale battery manufacturing plant which has been discussed between Tesla and Panasonic, and will produce and sell lithium-ion batteries. This new factory will enable a continuous reduction in the cost of long range battery packs in parallel with manufacturing at the volumes required to enable Tesla to meet its goal of advancing mass market electric vehicles. Through this cooperation, Panasonic will contribute to accelerate the expansion of the electric vehicle market.

Panasonic plans to continuously expand operations meeting with Tesla’s vehicle delivery schedule, driven by the progressive role out of new vehicles and across global markets.

Overview of New Company

Corporate name Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America (ABBR:PENA)
Establishment Oct. 1, 2014
Location Sparks, Nevada, USA
Principal lines of business Production and sales of lithium-ion battery cells
Stated capital 5 million US dollars (Capital investor: Panasonic Corporation of North America)
Name and title of representative CEO: Masayuki Kitabayashi
Area of factory 555,000 square meters

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.74 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2014. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company’s website at

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Tech Focus: Electric hybrid cars star at Paris Motor Show

October 3, 2014 in EV News

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Renault Eolab electric hybrid car concept
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The future of family cars will be super-economical electric and electric hybrids according to the new and concept models on display in the Paris Motor Show, reinforcing one of the key messages of the FIA Formula E Championship.

Demonstrating a vision of its future models, Renault gave a world debut to its Eolab concept – an electric hybrid vehicle that is capable of 282mpg (1l per 100km) and emits just 22g/km of carbon dioxide.

The impressive figures come from a special lightweight construction and stunningly aerodynamic design. The car is powered by a one-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing a claimed 74bhp and an electric motor with 54bhp and a whopping 148lb ft (200Nm) of torque.

Renault boss Carlos Ghosn said: “The Eolab is the perfect illustration of how Renault is dedicated to still developing plug-in hybrid, hybrid, diesel powertrains and can still innovate, not just focus on making EVs. For us, it is not either/or – there is all sorts of technology we are still developing.”

The Eolab is expected to go on sale ‘within 10 years’, but you won’t have to wait anyway near as long for Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric B-class, which has been developed in conjunction with Tesla. The motor produces an impressive 251lb ft (340Nm) of torque, which will mean it’s the fastest accelerating of all the B-class variants when it goes on sale next year, although top speed will be limited to 100mph (160kmh).

Charge time is expected to be three hours, while the range is stated as 125 miles (200km).

Infiniti showcased a premium luxury saloon concept – the Q80 Inspiration – that uses a 3.0-litre V6 engine combined with a lithium-ion battery pack to create well over 500 bhp and 500 lb ft (677Nm) of torque, yet can do more than 50mpg (5.6l per 100km) and produces only 129g/km.

Infiniti has already confirmed the car will eventually go into the production, and is expected to be on sale in ‘three to five’ years.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Formula E.

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Envision Solar Receives Order From Silicon Valley Search Engine For 20 EV ARC™ Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

October 2, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

The EV ARC™ Units Ordered Will Provide Emission Free Workplace Charging Infrastructure That Enables Employees to Drive on Sunshine

Photo courtesy of Envision Solar

Photo courtesy of Envision Solar

SAN DIEGO, CA – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding product company, today announced that it will be supplying the next order of 20 EV ARC™ charging stations to a major Silicon Valley search engine.

The EV ARC™ is a cost-effective, easy-to-install, standalone solar powered electric vehicle charging station that solves many of the problems faced by employers looking to provide workplace charging. It does not require a foundation, trenching, building permits or grid connection and the batteries on board provide emission free charging all during the day or night.

“The EV ARC™ has received a brilliant reception throughout Silicon Valley, where Envision Solar’s products are providing the clean energy charging infrastructure employees require, as well as the opportunity to drive on sunshine,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with this world-renowned customer. Their facilities team rigorously tested the first two EV ARC™ units purchased. After months of testing, they found the EV ARC™ to exceed expectations and as a result, placed this latest and more significant order. I look forward to continuing our work with them to provide the workplace charging infrastructure needed at their many other campus locations.”

Wheatley said these EV ARC™ units will be manufactured in Q4 at Envision Solar’s new headquarters and manufacturing facility in San Diego, California, providing for new green jobs and making a significant economic contribution to the local community.

The past year has seen a major uptick in deployments of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This acceleration is a direct result of developments in the market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Frost and Sullivan forecasts that EV charging infrastructure deployments will grow at a 128% CAGR over the next five years. Solar powered charging offers the cleanest and easiest method for the deployment of such infrastructure particularly in cities and remote locations.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar,, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, proprietary and architecturally accretive renewable energy media and branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s flagship products include the patent pending EV ARC™, patented Solar Tree® array and Solar Tree® Socket™ solar media and branding platforms with EnvisionTrak™, a proprietary and patented solar tracker, and SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Based in San Diego the company integrates only the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble-free service and timeless beautification of the parking lots they serve. This unique approach to the industry allows the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming parking lots into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information on Envision Solar, visit or call (866) 746-0514.

About the EV ARC™

Invented, engineered and fabricated in the United States, the EV ARC™ fits inside a standard parking space and generates approximately 16 kWhrs per day that are stored and ready for use in the 22 kWhr on board battery storage. The system’s clean solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™, which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a conventional fixed array. The EV ARC™ makes electric vehicles truly emissions free. It changes the deployment story and further advances us to a day when range anxiety is a thing of the past.”

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Alstom improves the performance of its tidal energy solutions with Oceade™ 18 – 1.4MW

October 2, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Ocean / Tidal Energy

Alstom has taken advantage of its experience with the 1 MW turbine to improve the design of its tidal stream turbine. We are now offering the Oceade™ 18 – 1.4 MW, making the turbine even more efficient, cost-effective and easy to maintain.

With a rotor diameter of 18 metres, the Oceade tidal stream turbine has a nominal power of 1.4MW and three variable pitching blades. It is equipped with plug-and-play modules on rails, easily accessible through an inspection hatch at the rear of the nacelle to enable faster assembly and maintenance. This turbine is buoyant, making it easy to tow to and from the operating site. Installation and maintenance costs are therefore lower because there is no need for specialist vessels and divers. It also reduces the timeframe to install or retrieve the turbine. The unit rotates to face the incoming tide at an optimal angle and thus extract the maximum energy potential.

The Oceade is ready to be deployed at the tidal energy farm that will be selected in the call for expressions of interest launched in September 2013 by the French government.

Alstom is currently working on the development of an Oceade™ platform concept to reduce the price of electricity and maximise the use of tidal stream resources according to local conditions (tidal current speed and depth) .

In January 2013, Alstom successfully deployed a 1MW tidal stream turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), a test site located off the coast of the Orkney Islands in Scotland. Alstom is currently testing the turbine, which has already reached nominal power of 1MW, demonstrated its autonomous running capability and generated over 500MWh on the Scottish grid, as part of the ReDapt Project (Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal), which is commissioned and co funded by the ETI (Energy Technologies Institute).

With Oceade 18 – 1.4MW, Alstom has taken a new step forward in the development of marine energy production solutions.

“With this new tidal energy production solution, Alstom has made definite headway. The project is seeking to demonstrate a new design for an efficient, reliable turbine to reduce installation and maintenance costs with a view to commercial production,” declared Jacques Jamart, Alstom Senior Vice-President New Energies.

Alstom is continuing to develop the largest portfolio of solutions in the field of renewable energies. The company offers the most complete range of products and integrated systems to generate electricity from hydraulic, onshore and offshore wind, geothermal, biomass and solar sources.

[1] The call for expressions of interest plans to install experimental farms in two high-potential areas: Raz Blanchard, west of the tip of Cotentin (Manche) and Fromveur Passage, near Ile d’Ouessant (Finistère).

[2] This project has received the support of ADEME (French Environment and Energy Efficiency Agency) in the frame of the “Investissements d’Avenir” programme, and of FEDER (European Fund for Regional and Economic Development).

This article (10-1-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Alstom.